Talking Mission and Vision

The mission of Cities Church is simple: we exist to make disciples of Jesus from all nations. 

Jesus himself left us with this commission in Matthew 28:18–20. The Father has given him all authority in heaven and earth, he tells us. Therefore

Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.
— The Message

Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase of the Great Commission leads to an important question. What exactly is “this way of life” to which Jesus refers? What does it mean to be his disciple?

A disciple of Jesus is a worshiper, servant, and missionary — three perspectives of following Jesus that we see in the Gospels. Jesus was the perfect worship leader — the one through whom and to whom our worship flows (John 4:23–24; 20:28). Jesus was the exemplary servant (John 13:4–15). Jesus was the original missionary (John 20:21). And so, we want to be like him, and we want to draw others into his fellowship.

This mission, then, spins off into essentials and a strategy. Over the past few months, the pastors have been teaching through these pieces of our mission and vision during our Sunday gatherings. Those short talks are listed below, each ranging from around five to ten minutes in length. Check them out if you get a chance: